Apr 2020 Radio News
Radiocentre has announced in a new report that 38% of commercial radio listeners are now tuning in for an added hour and 45 minutes due to people working from home amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The research carried out by DRG sampled over 1,000 people to analyse their change in listening habits since the beginning of lockdown, and 45% of these admitted they listen to an addtional two hours a day since spending more time at home.
The Competition and Markets Authority has officially lifted its ‘hold separate’ order, following the clearance of Bauer’s local station purchases.
Bauer is now fully permitted to begin the process of integration with its newly obtained stations, further to its acquisition of Lincs FM, Celador Radio, UKRD and Wireless local portfolio last year.
Virgin Radio and The Sun are planning to hold free concerts at venues across the UK as a thank you to key workers.
Tour dates to take in The SSE Arena, Wembley on Wednesday 28 October, Manchester Arena on Thursday 29 October and The SSE Hydro Arena Glasgow on Sunday 1 November, assuming large gatherings are allowed by this time.
Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny has written to John Whittingdale MP to urge the Government to provide commercial radio with sector-specific support.
The call for extra support follows today’s announcement from the Government of a three-month deal to support the newspaper industry.
She asked the Government to recognise the essential role played by commercial radio broadcasters across the country throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Changes at Hits Radio in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic include breakfast co-host Greg Burns moving to a new afternoon show.
Greg will be on-air from 1pm till 4pm across the Hits Radio network of stations replacing Hattie Pearson who is currently in the slot.
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